Sabres’ Tage Thompson enjoys historic night, scoring five goals with four in one period

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Tage Thompson has been on a scoring spree of late, a trend that continued Wednesday night, netting five goals including four within an 11-minute span against Columbus. The Sabres phenom went scorched earth on the Blue Jackets, tallying six points (he assisted on a powerplay goal by teammate Dylan Cozens) with five coming in the first period.

Per ESPN Stats and Info, that accomplishment is a first in franchise history, with Thompson becoming the first Sabre since Alexander Mogilny in 1993 (four years before Thompson arrived on this Earth) to record a hat trick in one period. Buffalo went to the dressing room leading 6-0 after one, matching a feat last achieved by the Blackhawks in 1998.

A 6’7” forward who played collegiately at UConn before entering the 2016 Draft (where he was selected 26th overall), Thompson has quickly emerged as one of hockey’s brightest stars, entering Wednesday tied for sixth in goals (16), sixth in powerplay goals (seventh) and eighth in points (34). The 25-year-old Phoenix native is well on his way to surpassing his goal total from a season ago (38), scoring in three straight games and four of his last five. Wednesday represented his third career hat trick and second of the season following a similar outburst on Halloween, peppering the Red Wings with three goals and three assists.

Thompson joins exclusive company as one of just 47 players with a five-goal game on his NHL resume, with the most recent occurrence coming in January, when San Jose’s Timo Meier hung a five-spot on the Kings in a 6-2 Sharks victory. Prior to Thompson, Buffalo hadn’t had a five-goal performance since Hall-of-Famer Dave Andreychuk scored that many against Boston in 1986.

Despite an underwhelming 12-13-1 record (ahead of only Ottawa in the eight-team Atlantic Division), the Sabres boast one of the league’s most prolific offenses, leading the NHL in goals per game (4.0). Columbus, meanwhile, has been among the easiest teams to score on, surrendering 4.12 goals per game, second-worst to Anaheim at 4.15.

The Sabres would go on to win 9-4, matching their largest margin of victory this season.

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